Honour and honesty are vital attributes in our modern society.

— Senator Denton Patreus

Denton Patreus is Admiral of the Fleet of the Empire and the Senator of Eotienses. He is infamous for his "manipulative power-broking in the galaxy at large."[1]


Meet the Powers – Denton Patreus

Senator Denton Patreus is the latest subject in this article from political commentator Marcus Macmillan about the movers and shakers in 3301.[2]

Senator Patreus is often seen as the muscular aspect of the Imperial Senate. He is one of the more powerful senators (although lagging behind the heavyweights of Senators Lavigny-Duval and Zamina Torval) and enjoys great loyalty from his followers. This is in part due to his record of low taxation funded through aggressive economic and military conquests.[2]

While some have accused the Senator of unethical behaviour for his strong-arm tactics, others respond that if governments put themselves into debt then they only have themselves to blame. His shrewd policies have allowed him to assemble deep credit reserves and a formidable fleet, providing him with power beyond what his standing might indicate.[2]

Hailing from Eotienses, he is a charming and charismatic leader who prefers to govern from his Majestic-class Interdictor called ‘Imperial Freedom’. During the Emperor’s illness, he called for the Imperial throne to pass along lines of popularity rather than blood. Since the Emperor’s recovery he has steadfastly supported Hengist Duval, but many wonder if this attempted break from tradition has limited his popularity in the wider population.[2]

The London Treaty was dissolved in 3302. This removed limitations on the amount of capital ships that could be maintained by the Federation and Empire. The Club manipulated Denton Patreus to expand the construction of Majestic Class Interdictors. This triggered an arms race with the Federation. Thus additional Farragut Battle Cruisers were built for the Federal Navy.[3]


Denton Patreus manipulates strife to his own ends whilst disguising his intentions with grandiose sentiments.[4]

Much like the historic Roman Empire on Earth, Senators determine the tax rates of their supporters and both Patreus and Torval have become hugely popular back home as they have each used their huge wealth to lower taxation to zero.[5]


Denton Patreus was seen numerous times in public with socialite and Princess Aisling Duval. They're rumored to have a romantic relationship. On 20 March 3301 they were spotted together on Facece. They walked hand in hand and went shopping for three hours in the Facece fashion halls. They were accompanied by a big entourage of followers and protected by security. Afterward they retired on Patreus' ship for a light dinner.[6]

During the week of 12 March 3301, Senator Patreus and Aisling Duval were spotted together at various popular nightspots in Capitol. They refused to confirm their relationship to reporters thus far.

"Denton Patreus and Aisling Duval were spotted grabbing dinner in Capitol late last night at the very exclusive pop-up restaurant, Fodder. The Empire's favourite power couple appeared to have a good time, with the pair polishing off several bottles of Chateau De Aegaeon during the course of their three-hour meal." 13 APR 3301[7]

"Denton Patreus and Aisling Duval were spotted in attendance at ‘A Dinner to Defeat Dementia’ in Capitol last night. The Empire’s favourite power couple spent several hours mingling with Senators, CEOs and a few of the charity’s lucky patrons, before dazzling the crowd with a rather energetic display on the dance floor." 22 APR 3301 [8]

Prior to the coronation of Arissa Lavigny-Duval, the coupling could've provided leverage to secure support from a large portion of the Senate to become a serious contender for the Imperial Throne. The power couple could propel Patreus as the leading voice in the Empire.[9]


26 JAN 3305

  • Security forces across the Empire have carried out a coordinated purge of the isolationist group Nova Imperium. Political journalist Cassia Carvalho reported: "Yesterday's executions in the Senate were apparently only the beginning of a coordinated massacre. Nova Imperium members are being put to death, and citizens who supported them are being arrested for treason. In a single day, the isolationist cause has been crushed. It seems that Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval – while being accused of weakness – has simply been playing for time, allowing Senator Patreus to position his agents for a simultaneous strike. With this show of strength, the Emperor has done much to silence her detractors. Despite reactions of horror from some newsfeeds, Alliance and Federal leaders have made no official comment, perhaps relieved that inter-superpower cooperation against the Thargoids will continue. Nova Imperium remains in control of the Paresa system, but with the organisation's power base destroyed, it no longer poses a threat to the Imperial throne."[10]

25 JAN 3305

  • Kaeso Mordanticus, the captured leader of isolationist group Nova Imperium, has been brought before the Imperial Senate, with unexpected results. Political journalist Cassia Carvalho was at the scene: "Imperator Mordanticus was led into Senate House in shackles but still defiant. All rose as Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval entered, attended by Senator Denton Patreus. The Emperor and Patreus approached Mordanticus silently, whereupon Patreus executed the Imperator with his personal sidearm. Suddenly, the Imperial Guard opened fire, gunning down senators Pal Vespasian and Eloise Winterstone, and others who had supported the isolationist cause. Once the initial shock had subsided, the Emperor stood over the Imperator's body. In a clear voice she announced: 'There is no Nova Imperium. There is only the Empire.' I have since heard reports of mass arrests and further public executions across Capitol. The rumour is that Patreus placed agents among Nova Imperium strongholds, which are now being eliminated from within. This may be the start of an Empire-wide purge."[11]

17 JAN 3305

  • The conflict in the Paresa system has ended with Nova Imperium being defeated by Imperial organisation Yupini Limited. As the conflict drew to a close, Senator Denton Patreus made the following statement: "With the aid of our loyal Imperial auxiliaries, the isolationists' forces have been significantly depleted. Let this be a warning to others – the Empire will not tolerate insurrection." Pilots who participated in the conflict can now collect their rewards from Dyson City in the Paresa system.[12]

10 JAN 3305

  • The Empire has entered a state of conflict with the isolationist group Nova Imperium in the Paresa system. Senator Denton Patreus announced: "The loyal Imperials of Yupini Limited have engaged the isolationists' illegal armada. We call upon Imperial auxiliaries to support our allies and destroy the Nova Imperium fleet." Imperator Mordanticus, leader of Nova Imperium, has requested the support of the galactic community: "Nova Imperium's survival depends upon winning this battle. I urge all those who believe that Hadrian Duval should be the Emperor to support us." The two factions have set out week-long campaigns to overcome their foes, which will begin on the 10th of January 3305.[13]

05 JAN 3305

  • The isolationist group Nova Imperium is reported to be assembling its forces in the Paresa system. Senator Denton Patreus made this statement: "We have evidence that this seditious organisation is amassing an armada in its home system. It consists of ships crewed by Imperator Mordanticus's ex-Navy followers, as well as the private vessels of many misguided citizens. As Admiral of the Fleet, I order Nova Imperium to disperse its forces immediately or face the consequences." The Imperial Herald's Cassia Carvalho commented: "Widespread support for Hadrian Duval has led to Nova Imperium amassing its fleet in a very short time. The challenge for the Imperial Navy is to quash this threat without it being seen as a massacre of Imperial citizens, which can only fuel further rebellion."[14]

09 NOV 3304

  • The isolationist group Nova Imperium has broadcast a message to Imperial citizens via public media. The organisation's leader, known only as the Imperator, said: "Imperial citizens, your ruler's weakness has put you in great danger. If we are to survive the Thargoid onslaught, we must sever ties with the Federation and other, inferior powers, and concentrate on protecting our own systems. I call upon those who care about their Imperial birthright to support Nova Imperium. We vow to restore the Empire's purity and strength, and to lead it into a glorious future." Senator Denton Patreus responded with the following comment: "These extremists and their seditious agenda are not worthy of attention. So far we have been lenient with them, but this so-called Imperator would be wise not to test our patience any further."[15]

24 MAR 3304

  • Aegis Thargoid Report Causes Ripples. Admiral Patreus released a statement in response to the recent publication by Aegis of a report outlining the Thargoids' history and interactions with the Guardians: "This new information makes it clear that the Thargoids will reject any diplomatic overtures. We must redouble our efforts to defend ourselves from their antagonism."[16]

07 MAR 3304

  • Admiral Patreus was one of several galactic officials who responded to Ram Tah's recent Guardian discoveries: "I am pleased to hear that new, more powerful armaments are being produced. These will provide a tactical advantage in our conflict with the Thargoids."[17]

01 MAR 3304

  • As the Federal-Imperial operation against the Thargoids concluded, Admiral Patreus thanked the participating pilots for their efforts.[18]

22 FEB 3304

  • Admiral Denton Patreus launched a second Federal-Imperial joint campaign against the Thargoids with the following statement: "We know that militias of experienced combat pilots are particularly effective against the Thargoids, but we must not be complacent. Our enemies are formidable, and we underestimate them at our peril." This time, the operation will focus on the Pleiades Sector OI-T c3-7 and Arietis Sector XE-Z b4 systems, where large concentrations of Thargoid ships have been reported.[19]

18 JAN 3304

  • Patreus thanks all independent pilots who assisted in the HIP 17692 operation, as well as the Merope Expeditionary Fleet and Pleiades Resource Enterprise for coordinating the effort. He notes that while this battle was won, the war against the Thargoids is far from over.[20]

12 JAN 3304

  • Patreus releases a statement following the announcement of a joint Federation-Empire operation to liberate the HIP 17692 system from Thargoids: "Starports throughout the Pleiades have been attacked. Thousands of lives have been lost. And we have failed to deliver an effective response. That changes now. This is your chance to deliver a message to our enemies – to tell them that we will not yield and we will not break. We will fight!"[21]

27 OCT 3303

  • Patreus, in a rare public appearance since his defeat of the Emperor's Dawn, called Aegis a sensible response to the Thargoid threat, and praised the selection of Admiral Aden Tanner to head its military strategy.[22]

04 NOV 3302

  • In response to the conviction of Kahina Tijani Loren, the Children of Raxxla attacked and routed Patreus' flagship, the INV Imperial Freedom, in Eotienses.[23]

28 OCT 3302

20 AUG 3302

  • An apparent assassination attempt on Patreus while he was giving a speech at Mackenzie Relay in the Cemiess system was thwarted. When the three culprits were found to be members of the defunct Emperor's Dawn organization, rumours arose that a second, unknown party had bankrolled them.[25]

13 JUL 3302

  • Patreus announces Imperial ships will be sent to Merope in response to Federal forces in the area.[26]

28 APR 3302

  • Success announced in campaign to expand Imperial fleet.[27]

21 APR 3302

  • Patreus launches campaign to expand the Imperial fleet.[28]

19 MAR 3302

  • Patreus expresses concern over Federal campaign to expand their fleet.[29]

22 FEB 3302

  • In recognition of Senator Patreus's victories over Emperor's Dawn, Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval promoted him to Admiral of the Fleet, giving him command of the Imperial Navy. Duval said "Denton Patreus exhibited remarkable resolve in the campaign against Emperor's Dawn, and demonstrated his ability to act with conviction in the face of an often unpredictable enemy. I can think of no more appropriate person to assume command of the Imperial Navy. It is with great pride that I confer upon him the title of Admiral of the Fleet."[30]

05 FEB 3302

  • Patreus releases statement confirming the destruction of Emperor's Dawn shadow cells.[31]

21 JAN 3302

  • After the Federal Navy under President Hudson declared successful wiping out of Emperor's Dawn in Kausalya, Senator Patreus issues a statement that the Imperial Internal Security Service has discovered the existence of three more cells. Patreus makes a call to arms.[32]

28 OCT 3301

  • Patreus's military campaigns against Emperor's Dawn in Namarii, Tabaldak and LTT 874 were a success, resulting in the total destruction of the Emperor's Dawn bases in those systems. Denton Patreus defiantly declared Emperor's Dawn "no longer a threat." General Anthony Corvus was more cautious, saying "This is a significant victory, certainly, but the war is not over."[33]

Today we have delivered a decisive blow to our enemies, shattering their forces and leaving them scattered and defenceless. For all their bluster, these dissidents have been shown themselves to be nothing more than petty brigands, lacking in unity and moral conviction, and unable to withstand the might of our combined military forces. Their bases have been destroyed, their fleets routed. Emperor's Dawn is no longer a threat.

— Senator Denton Patreus

21 OCT 3301

15 OCT 3301

  • Senator Denton Patreus sent fleets to attack three newly revealed Emperor's Dawn bases, in the Namarii, Tabaldak and LTT 874 systems. News feeds speculated that the attacks were intended to minimise the chances of the insurgents disrupting Arissa Lavigny-Duval's forthcoming coronation.[35]

25 SEP 3301

  • Senator Patreus publicly declares his support for Arissa Lavigny-Duval as candidate for next Emperor.[36]

20 SEP 3301

  • Spoke in the Senate calling for an investigation into the links between Aisling Duval's office and Emperor's Dawn.[37]

13 SEP 3301

  • Senator Denton Patreus launched a military campaign against Emperor’s Dawn.[38]

11 SEP 3301

  • Several Emperor's Dawn bases were discovered. Imperial forcers were mobilised and Senator Denton Patreus offered generous rewards to independent pilots who lend their aid.[39]

27 AUG 3301

  • Senator Zemina Torval declared her support for the war Denton Patreus had declared against Emperor's Dawn, and ordered her followers to join it. Some political analysts had written off Patreus, due to his association with Brendan Paul Darius, but his decisive action against Emperor's Dawn countered that. Florence Lavigny also spoke out in support of Patreus, saying that he was not an enemy of Hengist Duval.[40]

19 AUG 3301

  • A mob attempted to prevent Patreus paying his respects at the Hall of Martyrs, and Zemina Torval publicly condemned accusations, asserting Patreus' loyalty.[41]

10 AUG 3301

  • Accosted by a small crowd outside the Senate, Patreus responded to the Emperor's assassination.[42]

09 AUG 3301

  • Leaked footage of the Emperor's assassination appears to show members of Patreus' entourage, including Patreus himself reacting in surprise and attempt to stop Brendan Paul Darius.[43]

07 AUG 3301

  • The member of Denton Patreus' entourage who killed the Emperor was revealed to be named Brendan Paul Darius.[44]

05 AUG 3301

  • Just before the Emperor Hengist Duval's wedding, the Emperor was killed by a member of Denton Patreus' party.[45]

31 JUL 3301

  • Was profiled in GalNet by political commentator Marcus Macmillan and described as; "a charming and charismatic leader", with attention drawn to his economic and military policies, and in particular his recent calls for the Imperial succession to pass by popularity rather than by blood.[46]

30 JUL 3301

  • Made a speech in the Senate supporting stability and commenting on the Emperor's recovery.[47]

08 JUL 3301

  • Worked with Arissa Lavigny-Duval in launching an Imperial offensive against the Kumo Crew in the Pegasi Sector.[48]

15 JUN 3301

  • Rumoured to be planning to strengthen his position with commanders.

19 MAY 3301

  • Promised that only Quivirans that had broken Imperial law would be held accountable for the debts incurred by the previous administration of the People's Quivira for Equality Party, allowing all others to return home.[49]

11 MAY 3301

  • Deployed Majestic Interdictors to Quivira in order to drive out all independent influences.[50]

01 MAY 3301

  • Authorised reclamation of debt owed by People's Quivira for Equality Party by Quivira Electronics PLC, including hiring of freelance reclamation agents.[51]
  • Appeared on 'Question Everything' following heated debate in Senate to challenge Arissa Lavigny to present evidence against Emperor's Grace of HR 706.[52]

27 APR 3301

  • Disavowed knowledge of any involvement Emperor's Grace of HR 706 may have had in assassination attempt on Emperor.[53]

22 APR 3301

  • Attended charity gala with Aisling Duval in Capitol.[54]

21 APR 3301

  • Announced rejuvenation effort at Eotienses focused on revamping Parkinson Dock into a high tech hub.[55]

20 APR 3301

  • Began reclamation of debt owed by The Friends of Kui Hsien.[56]

13 APR 3301

  • Spotted at dinner with Aisling Duval in Capitol. Departed Capitol for Eotienses in Senator's ship, Imperial Freedom.[57]

08 APR 3301

  • Reached agreement with Themiscrya. Silver Universal PLC announced raising of interest rates on all debts owed to the Senator as of the week following.[58]

31 MAR 3301

  • Called in debt from the Nationals of Themiscrya. Offered 7 day grace period to come to terms.[59]

20 MAR 3301

  • Spotted with Aisling Duval at Faece accompanied by sizeable entourage.[60]

12 MAR 3301

  • Delivered an address to the Senate calling on Chancellor Blaine to release the Emperor's medical records.[61]
  • Reported stepping out with Aisling Duval at social hotspots in Capitol.[62]

07 MAR 3301

  • Successful in takeover of Falisci, prompting Senator Torval to offer discounts on Imperial Slaves purchased from Dornier Terminal.[63]

17 FEB 3301

  • Delivered a speech in Eotienses about the importance of internal security and condeming criminal elements in Falisci.[64]

16 FEB 3301

  • End of slave sale in Durius.[65]

06 FEB 3301

  • End of fire sale in Durius. Offered, in association with Senator Torval, to provide free training for all indebted citizens of Durius willing to become Imperial Slaves.[66]

29 JAN 3301

  • Declared fire sale from proceeds of Durius takeover at Speke Prospect.[67]

22 JAN 3301

  • Announced an end to hostilities in Durius, praising the efforts of independent pilots.[68]

19 JAN 3301

  • Questioned Chancellor Blaine in the first Senate session of the new year as to the situation of the Imperial succession.[69]

07 JAN, 3301

  • Anonymous sources reputedly close to Patreus report that he is pleased with progress in Durius.[70]

04 JAN 3301

  • Declared support for any system wishing to leave the Federation.

01 JAN 3301

  • Announced support for Sanna system's attempt to leave the Federation.

26 DEC 3300

  • Zemina Torval announces support of Patreus' statement regarding the Imperial succession.

23 DEC 3300

  • Launched offensive into the Durius system.

22 DEC 3300

  • Announced that the Durius system had defaulted on their loan and gave them 24 hours to make the overdue payments or he would take action.[71]

21 DEC 3300

  • Spoke about the Imperial succession saying that the next Emperor should not be based solely on bloodline, but about who would be best for the future of the Empire.[72]

18 DEC 3300

  • Announced that all Imperial Citizens under his patronage would have their taxes reduced to zero. It is said that the senator earns vast amounts of money from interest payments on the many loans he has made to foreign governments.[73]

17 DEC 3300

  • Sent forces to aid rebels in the Jera system.[74]

23 SEP 3300

  • Visited Eranin and held an embassy with local officials.


Never was anything great achieved without risk.

— Senator Denton Patreus

The choice of our next Emperor is a vital one. The succession should not be about family bloodlines, but about who would be best for the future Empire. For past generations, and for Hengist himself, he was groomed for power for decades by his great father, and this has worked well for over a thousand years. It was not just about blood, it was about learning from his father. This time there is no such successor, so things need to change.

— Senator Denton Patreus

It is the duty of the successful to provide well for their loyal supporters. Our many successes abroad have brought us vast wealth. I take pride that those under my patronage get the best medical care, the best assistance if they fall on hard times, and because of their support in the past, the lowest taxes.

— Senator Denton Patreus

Honour and honesty are vital attributes in our modern society.

— Senator Denton Patreus


  1. Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #52
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Meet the Powers – Denton Patreus
  3. Elite Dangerous: Premonition
  10. GalNet: The Fall of Nova Imperium
  11. GalNet: Blood on the Senate Floor
  12. GalNet: Nova Imperium Defeated in Paresa System
  13. GalNet: Empire Engages Nova Imperium
  14. GalNet: Nova Imperium Musters Military Forces
  15. GalNet: A Warning from the Imperator
  16. GalNet: Aegis Thargoid Report Causes Ripples
  17. GalNet: The Guardians: The Galaxy Reacts
  18. GalNet: Federal-Imperial Operation Concludes
  19. GalNet: Anti-Thargoid Operation
  20. GalNet: HIP 17692 Operation Concludes
  21. GalNet: The Liberation of HIP 17692
  22. Galactic News: Analysis from the Galaxy’s Most Powerful
  23. Galactic News: Patreus's Flagship Attacked
  24. Galactic News: Kahina Loren Found Guilty
  25. Galactic News: Assassination Attempt on Patreus Thwarted
  26. Imperial Ships to Enter Merope
  27. New Imperial Ship Complete
  28. Expanding the Imperial Fleet
  29. Empire Troubled by Federal Campaign
  30. Galactic News: Denton Patreus Receives Promotion
  31. Emperor's Dawn Shadow Cells Destroyed
  32. Emperor's Dawn 'Shadow Cells' Discovered
  33. Empire Wins Decisive Victory
  34. The Emperor Denounces Emperor's Dawn
  35. The War against Emperor's Dawn Continues
  36. Senator Patreus Offers Support to Senator Lavigny-Duval
  37. Senator Patreus Calls for Senate Investigation
  38. Frontline Report: The War against Emperor’s Dawn
  39. Emperor’s Dawn Bases Discovered
  40. Zemina Torval and Florence Lavigny Join Patreus’ Campaign
  41. Torval Offers Support to Patreus
  42. Patreus Reacts Angrily to Crowd's Taunts
  43. Leaked Footage of Emperor's Assassination
  44. Chancellor Blaine Issues Statement
  45. Emperor Hengist Duval Dead
  46. Meet the Powers - Denton Patreus
  47. Senator Patreus Supports Stability
  48. United Imperial Offensive into Pegasi Sector
  49. Quivira Honours the People's Princess
  50. The Doom That Comes to Quivira
  51. Quivira Feels the Wrath of Patreus
  52. Patreus Responds to 'Unfounded' Accusations
  53. Emperor's Grace Indicted in Attack on Emperor
  54. Patreus and Aisling Attend Benefit Gala
  55. Eotienses Rejuvenation Project Unveiled
  56. The Hunt for Justice
  57. Patreus and the Princess Share Food for Thought
  58. In the Emperor's Name
  59. Patreus Demands Debt from Themiscrya
  60. Patreus and the Princess
  61. Patreus Calls on Blaine to Release Emperor's Medical Records
  62. Senator Steps Out with Socialite
  63. The War for Falisci
  64. A Question of Security
  65. Patreus Slave Sale Ends
  66. Patreus Fire Sale in Durius Ends
  67. Senator Offers Deep Discounts on Military Surplus
  68. Patreus Announces Generous Settlement of Dispute in Durius
  69. Patreus Queries Emperor's Coma in the Senate
  70. Latest News On Durius Situation
  71. Durius Defaults on Debt to Patreus
  72. Senator Patreus Declared Succession About Power Not Blood
  73. Pateus Declares Zero Taxation
  74. Patreus Helping Oppressed Rebels in Jera
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